Lifeguard Certification Classes

The Independence Aquatic Center typically HIRE all CERTIFIED responsible and hardworking lifeguards for the 2023 Season. We also HIRE WSI CERTIFIED LIFEGUARDS (WSI is Water Safety Instructor Training- Lifeguards with specific training to teach swim lessons instructors)... Independence Parks & Recreation will reimburse a portion of the 2023 WSI Class fee & give a pay increase to all lifeguards who work for the Independence Aquatic Center in the 2023 Season. Contact 319-334-6711 if you are interested in becoming a Lifeguard and want to work at the Independence Aquatic Center.

We are offering a Lifeguard Certification Class for anyone interested in becoming a certified lifeguard!!!

Students must be 15years old by the last day of the class, must attend all 3 days and pass each portion of the class to become certified. 
Class will be held on: 
Friday, May 26th from 5-9pm 
Saturday, May 27th from 8am- 8pm 
Sunday, May 28th  from 8am- 6pm 
In-water training and testing will take place at the Independence Aquatic Center and Classroom instruction and the written test will take place at the Falcon Civic Center. 
Cost: $180 per student- payment accepted with the instructor on the first day of the class. Our Instructor is Addy Rieken. 
Call Angie @ 319-334-6711 to add your name to our class list or if you have any questions, she is happy to help😊

Lifeguard Training offered at the Wellness and Recreation Center at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls... LEARN TO SAVE LIVES!
 To register, view registration policies, and for a description of classes, Visit the UNI Website 
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Lifeguard Training offered at THE W at Wartburg College, Waverly!! LEARN TO SAVE LIVES!!
To register, view registration policies, deadlines, and for a description of classes, Visit

A full list of lifeguard certification classes offered across the State of Iowa can be found at

If you would like to become a certified lifeguard and are looking for classes, you may contact the American Red Cross, Grant Wood Area Chapter @ 319-393-3500 or visit their website at You may also go to the Iowa Parks & Recreation Association Page @ and click on Aquatics for a complete list of classes offered around Iowa. 

We continue to work to be able to offer a variety of certification classes right here at home in Independence. Once Instructors are found and classes are scheduled, information will be posted on our Facebook Pages or you may contact Angie @ 319-334-6711. Follow Independence Parks & Recreation or Independence Aquatic Center on Facebook.